Start by taking a look at the special packages offered by our distinguished accommodation partners.

Ballymaloe House

A scenic drive 40km to the south of Lismore, and a legend in its own lifetime, this luxurious, family-run period house which has long been at the forefront of the Irish Slow Food Movement.


The Tannery restaurant and townhouse in Dungarvan, 25km east of Lismore, offers outstanding cuisine and striking modern décor.

Cliff House Hotel

A pleasant 37km drive from Lismore, the Five Star Cliff House is famous for its prime cliff-top location, its striking design, its innovative cuisine and its luxurious accommodation.

There is a wide range of accommodation to choose from for your visit to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival. Lismore, and its neighbouring village, Cappoquin, will be hosting the opera and the recitals respectively. These are quiet, characterful riverside villages, a 10km drive apart, where the friendly local community offers a wide choice of places to stay, from country house hotels, B&Bs and pubs, to self-catering in traditional Irish cottages, or renting the whole of Lismore Castle itself.

Alternately, you may choose to build a short break that takes advantage of the great outdoor facilities on offer. Dungarvan, a 20-minute drive east, at the foot of the Comeragh Mountains is the start of the Waterford Greenway, and has great coastal scenery and three golf courses. Youghal, 25-minutes south has long sandy beaches and combines the charms of its Edwardian heyday as a seaside resort with contemporary holiday facilities. Its town centre has links to Walter Raleigh and Moby Dick, and there are daily guided walks.

For more information on the area see Explore the Blackwater Valley.


Lismore Castle

Rent the entire castle at the heart of the festival – sleeps 8 to 12 in an intimate setting or up to 27 for a bigger party.

Ballyrafter Country House Hotel

Family-run hotel of character in its own grounds on the edge of Lismore, popular with anglers.

Fortwilliam Estate Cottages

Luxury self-catering options on a 400-acre riverside estate.


Dromana House Self Catering

Choice of self-catering accommodation in the grounds of one of the Blackwater Valley’s fine houses.

Richmond House

Bed and breakfast in a 300-year old country house with extensive grounds.

Toby Jug B&B

B&B above a town-centre pub in Cappoquin.


Ballinatray Self Catering

Rent the whole 850-acre estate, on a scenic bend of the Blackwater, or choose from an interesting range of luxury self-catering accommodation including a riverside Love Nest.

Lawlors Hotel

Long-established family-run hotel in Dungarvan town centre.

Gold Coast Golf Resort

Modern golf resort on the northern shores of Dungarvan Bay with hotel accommodation, indoor pool and a range of self-catering options to suit all budgets.

Park Hotel

Classic three-star family hotel near a sandy beach with leisure centre and self-catering options.

Kilcannon House

Countryside B&B in a traditional farmhouse with views of grazing horses and pecking hens. Evening meal or picnic by arrangement.

Whitechurch House Appartments

Self-catering apartments in a recently restored Georgian house in quiet countryside.


Aherne's Town House

Comfortable rooms decorated with antiques above a famous sea food restaurant in the town centre.

Walter Raleigh Hotel

This large four-star self-styled “boutique hotel” has three restaurants and is on the seafront, handy for the town’s 7km-long beach.

Carleton Village Self Catering

The “village” consists of wide choice of well-equipped holiday homes in a seaside location.

The Old Imperial Hotel

An 18th century coaching inn that claims to be the oldest hotel in Youghal, this town-centre hostelry has recently been refurbished.


The Old Convent

The Old Convent is nestled at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains 15 miles from Lismore

Country House Hotels

Ballyvolane House

This classic Georgian pile in north Cork is more country house than hotel,
and was a founder member of the Hidden Ireland. The Greene family also offer famously up-market “glamping” in 4-metre bell tents.

Castlemartyr Resort

This103-room five-star resort in 220 acres of mature parkland with golf course, spa and self-catering cottages is half an hour’s drive south of Lismore.

Hayfield Manor

Located in Cork City, an hour’s drive from Lismore, but it is designed to feel like a country house, and succeeds.